Proverbs 18
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1  He who isolates himself pursues his desires; He disdains all competence.

א  לְתַאֲוָה יְבַקֵּשׁ נִפְרָד בְּכָל־תּוּשִׁיָּה יִתְגַּלָּע׃

2  The fool does not desire understanding, But only to air his thoughts.

ב  לֹא־יַחְפֹּץ כְּסִיל בִּתְבוּנָה כִּי אִם־בְּהִתְגַּלּוֹת לִבּוֹ׃

3  Comes the wicked man comes derision, And with the rogue, contempt.

ג  בְּבוֹא־רָשָׁע בָּא גַם־בּוּז וְעִם־קָלוֹן חֶרְפָּה׃

4  The words a man speaks are deep waters, A flowing stream, a fountain of wisdom.

ד  מַיִם עֲמֻקִּים דִּבְרֵי פִי־אִישׁ נַחַל נֹבֵעַ מְקוֹר חָכְמָה׃

5  It is not right to be partial to the guilty And subvert the innocent in judgment.

ה  שְׂאֵת פְּנֵי־רָשָׁע לֹא־טוֹב לְהַטּוֹת צַדִּיק בַּמִּשְׁפָּט׃

6  The words of a fool lead to strife; His speech invites blows.

ו  שִׂפְתֵי כְסִיל יָבֹאוּ בְרִיב וּפִיו לְמַהֲלֻמוֹת יִקְרָא׃

7  The fool’s speech is his ruin; His words are a trap for him.

ז  פִּי־כְסִיל מְחִתָּה־לוֹ וּשְׂפָתָיו מוֹקֵשׁ נַפְשׁוֹ׃

8  The words of a querulous man are bruising; They penetrate one’s inmost parts.

ח  דִּבְרֵי נִרְגָּן כְּמִתְלַהֲמִים וְהֵם יָרְדוּ חַדְרֵי־בָטֶן׃

9  One who is slack in his work Is a brother to a vandal.

ט  גַּם מִתְרַפֶּה בִמְלַאכְתּוֹ אָח הוּא לְבַעַל מַשְׁחִית׃

10  The name of Hashem is a tower of strength To which the righteous man runs and is safe.

י  מִגְדַּל־עֹז שֵׁם יְהֹוָה בּוֹ־יָרוּץ צַדִּיק וְנִשְׂגָּב׃

11  The wealth of a rich man is his fortress; In his fancy it is a protective wall.

יא  הוֹן עָשִׁיר קִרְיַת עֻזּוֹ וּכְחוֹמָה נִשְׂגָּבָה בְּמַשְׂכִּיתוֹ׃

12  Before ruin a man’s heart is proud; Humility goes before honor.

יב  לִפְנֵי־שֶׁבֶר יִגְבַּהּ לֵב־אִישׁ וְלִפְנֵי כָבוֹד עֲנָוָה׃

13  To answer a man before hearing him out Is foolish and disgraceful.

יג  מֵשִׁיב דָּבָר בְּטֶרֶם יִשְׁמָע אִוֶּלֶת הִיא־לוֹ וּכְלִמָּה׃

14  A man’s spirit can sustain him through illness; But low spirits—who can bear them?

יד  רוּחַ־אִישׁ יְכַלְכֵּל מַחֲלֵהוּ וְרוּחַ נְכֵאָה מִי יִשָּׂאֶנָּה׃

15  The mind of an intelligent man acquires knowledge; The ears of the wise seek out knowledge.

טו  לֵב נָבוֹן יִקְנֶה־דָּעַת וְאֹזֶן חֲכָמִים תְּבַקֶּשׁ־דָּעַת׃

16  A man’s gift eases his way And gives him access to the great.

טז  מַתָּן אָדָם יַרְחִיב לוֹ וְלִפְנֵי גְדֹלִים יַנְחֶנּוּ׃

17  The first to plead his case seems right Till the other party examines him.

יז  צַדִּיק הָרִאשׁוֹן בְּרִיבוֹ יבא־[וּבָא־] רֵעֵהוּ וַחֲקָרוֹ׃

18  The lot puts an end to strife And separates those locked in dispute.

יח  מִדְיָנִים יַשְׁבִּית הַגּוֹרָל וּבֵין עֲצוּמִים יַפְרִיד׃

19  A brother offended is more formidable than a stronghold; Such strife is like the bars of a fortress.

יט  אָח נִפְשָׁע מִקִּרְיַת־עֹז ומדונים [וּמִדְיָנִים] כִּבְרִיחַ אַרְמוֹן׃

20  A man’s belly is filled by the fruit of his mouth; He will be filled by the produce of his lips.

כ  מִפְּרִי פִי־אִישׁ תִּשְׂבַּע בִּטְנוֹ תְּבוּאַת שְׂפָתָיו יִשְׂבָּע׃

21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue; Those who love it will eat its fruit.

כא  מָוֶת וְחַיִּים בְּיַד־לָשׁוֹן וְאֹהֲבֶיהָ יֹאכַל פִּרְיָהּ׃

22  He who finds a wife has found happiness And has won the favor of Hashem.

ma-TZA i-SHAH MA-tza TOV va-YA-fek ra-TZON may-a-do-NAI

כב  מָצָא אִשָּׁה מָצָא טוֹב וַיָּפֶק רָצוֹן מֵיְהֹוָה׃

 18:22   He who finds a wife has found happiness

This verse is a parallel to the verse in which Hashem says, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him” (Genesis 2:18). God wants man to find a wife who will serve as his partner in life. When he does, Hashem will bless that union, as it fulfils His will. The Hebrew word for ‘man’ is eesh (איש), and the word for ‘woman’ is eeshah (אשה). The two words share two out of three Hebrew letters, א and ש. The other two letters, י and ה, spell one of the names of God. The Sages (Sotah 17a) teach that when man and woman unite in marriage and work together, the presence of the Lord resides with them.2 comments

23  The poor man speaks beseechingly; The rich man’s answer is harsh.

כג  תַּחֲנוּנִים יְדַבֶּר־רָשׁ וְעָשִׁיר יַעֲנֶה עַזּוֹת׃

24  There are companions to keep one company, And there is a friend more devoted than a brother.

כד  אִישׁ רֵעִים לְהִתְרֹעֵעַ וְיֵשׁ אֹהֵב דָּבֵק מֵאָח׃

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  • 20 A man’s belly is filled by the fruit of his mouth; He will be filled by the produce of his lips.

    We are made in HaShem’s image. We have the ability to speak our world into existence. We really do. The words we choose create, and they can create a good and pleasurable or an evil and hurtful experience and existence for us—and for those around us. A two-edged sword? You bet! All the more reason to fill our souls with the good, the pure and the positive of the Bible—HaShem’s words.

  • Proverbs 18:22 is my favorite, imagine being one, wife and husband, brings you in the presence of the Lord.

  • Proverbs 18:21 is one of my favorites. I like to point it out to my children. I need to take heed as well. This is so important to remember when we deal with others.

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